Most patients prefer more natural looking, safer, and less downtime options on their faces and necks compared to a facelift. Liposuction is the safest and usually the most effective technique for removing fat from the chin, cheeks and jowls. Especially with Dr. Jane’s HD Liposuction technique, patients should expect fewer complications, almost no scars, very rapid recovery, and lower costs.
Face and Neck liposuction involves the submental (below the jaw) chin, the jowls, lower half of the cheeks and bulges beside the nose which creates the smile line. Submental chin includes the area below the margin of the jaw, and extends onto the front of the neck. Regardless of one’s age, an inherited localized collection of excess fat beneath the chin makes one look chubby and older. Additionally, cheeks with too much subcutaneous fat can make a person appear chubby. This type of fat deposit is usually the result of a genetic tendency that is resistant to exercise and diet. Liposuction is usually the simplest, safest, and least expensive way to treat these cosmetic problems.
Who is a Good Candidate?
No all patients are good candidates for face and neck liposuction. For some patients who have large folds of skin on the neck with very little subcutaneous fat, a facelift would be the more suitable procedure.
If a female patient has local deposits of subcutaneous fat in the face and neck and excessively wrinkled skin, a face and neck liposuction combined with either a laser resurfacing or Ultherapy nonsurgical facelift will give a better result than a facelift. Younger females who have good skin elasticity, liposuction alone or combining with buccal fat removal procedure can also produce dramatic improvement and is a much simpler and safer procedure than any bone reduction surgery.
Male patients often choose face and neck liposuction over a facelift because the tell-tail scars and the surgical-look of a facelift are not acceptable for a man.
Liposuction and Skin Tightening Procedure
Liposuction can shape up the lower face and neck but not eliminate facial wrinkles, but there are many modern cosmetic facial techniques that do. Facial wrinkles, blotchy pigmentation, and acne scars can all be treated by any one of several techniques including Ultherapy, Active FX CO2 laser resurfacing, deep phenol chemical peel, or a combination of these techniques. A combination of liposuction plus wrinkle removal can often provide a better overall cosmetic improvement than a facelift with very natural looking without tell-tail scars.
Neck Platysma Bands
Typically, some older patients have Platysma Bands that are notable vertical skin folds on the front neck. Neck liposuction can improve the loose skin fold appearance of Platysma Bands. If necessary, the platysma muscles can be relaxed with Botox or tightened at the time of liposuction by making a tiny incision under the chin and using sutures to tie the muscles together.
Post-operative Activity and Shower
Dr. Jane advises her patients to have a short walk about inside or outside their home on the day of the surgery. The short walk will enhance drainage through open adits and minimize swelling. There is no post-operative activity restriction. However for one or two days, absorptive pads are applied to absorb the drainage and are held in place by an elastic compression garment until the drainage stops. Her patients are expected to take a shower at least once or twice daily beginning the next day of surgery.
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